Luke 20:4-14 (Third Millennium Bible)

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4 The baptism of John -- was it from Heaven, or of men?" 5 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we shall say `From Heaven,' he will say, `Why then have ye not believed him?' 6 But if we say, `Of men,' all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet." 7 And they answered that they could not tell from whence it was. 8 And Jesus said unto them, "Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things." 9 Then He began to speak to the people this parable: "A certain man planted a vineyard and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time. 10 And at the season, he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard; but the husbandmen beat him and sent him away empty. 11 And again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty. 12 And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out. 13 Then said the lord of the vineyard, `What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; it may be they will reverence him when they see him.' 14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, `This is the heir; come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.'
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